Inside: All about fidgets - why they help, who can benefit from using them, and lots of suggested fidgets, both those that you can DIY and those you can buy.
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We all know those kids who can’t quite get settled in the classroom. They may have a hard time sitting down to get their homework done. They may be zoning off in the middle of a lesson in school. Or they may look like they are paying attention, but their mind is constantly wandering off. These kids might benefit from a fidget!
Fidgets can help kids:
- calm down anxiety
- pay attention and focus
- manage stress and worry
- channel their extra energy
- settle restlessness
- listen and concentrate
How do you use a fidget?
A fidget is a tool, not a toy. When introducing fidgets to kids, make sure that distinction is clear. Let them know you’ll be keeping an eye on how they’re using the fidgets.
Some examples of good times for kids to use a fidget are:
- While listening in class
- When they are giving a presentation
- During a test
- When they feel nervous or worried
- When they’re having a hard time sitting still
Different kids respond to different fidgets. If you seem to notice that a particular type of fidget is being thrown around, and is becoming more of a distraction than a helpful tool, then it’s time to try another type of fidget.
Since kids respond in a range of ways to a variety of fidgets, I wanted to create a huge list of fidgets for you to choose from. If you’re feeling crafty, go check out the DIY fidgets. If you prefer to purchase fidgets that are ready to go, head to the fidgets to buy list. Happy fidgeting!
FIDGETS TO DIY
Take a pool noodle and cut up into small rings. Instant fidgets for a bunch of kids!
Velcro - attach one side of velcro under a child’s desk. It’s quick, easy and hidden.
Use different textures/fabrics for focus - Attach several different types of fabric/textures (satin, soft & hard side of velcro, corduroy, minky fabric, etc) on a small ruler or cardboard, then stick the whole thing to the underside of a desk
Wrap pipe cleaners around popsicle sticks
Make your own playdough - This is a simple, long lasting recipe from Emma Owl
FIDGETS TO PURCHASE
Small spiky balls
Mesh and marble fidgets
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
Theraputty - different colors equal different strengths of putty
Slap bands with spikes
Pencil topper fidgets
Whatz it fidget
Bike chain fidget
PLACES TO GET FIDGETS
Besides Amazon, there are lots of different stores where you can purchase fidgets.
We have 4 different types of Tangle fidgets available at Coping Skills for Kids: Tangle Jr Classic, Tangle Jr. Totally Textured Metallics, Tangle Therapy and Tangle Relax Therapy
If you are looking for other Tangle Fidgets, visit their website.
If you know of an awesome fidget that’s not on the list, please let me know. I’m always looking to add to my fidget collection!